As most of you know, I love Bibles. I have an entire shelf of them at home–different translations and editions for different purposes. Several years ago, I applied to be part of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. I didn’t expect much of it, just thought it would be another avenue to get my blog out into the world. But, one of the coolest things about being a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid is that I get to review Bibles. I love getting new Bibles the same way other bloggers love getting to review new clothes. It’s so much fun!!
This month, I got to review TWO new products from Zondervan: The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls AND the NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journal–Mark. As always, these were provided free of cost by the publisher for the purpose of review. The opinions are mine alone (kind of–keep reading).
The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is exactly what it sounds like. Actually, it’s a lot more, because not only does it come with lovely pictures to color, it includes stickers and a set of colored pencils. According to the publisher:
Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible, sticker sheets and coloring pencil set provides the tools for young artists to express themselves.Girls will get creative through coloring and journaling in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. Included are pencils to color, blend and shade the detailed line art surrounding hundreds of inspiring verses. This Bible gift set is perfect for the special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Because I am the lone woman in a house of men, I decided to get some help with this review from a young friend from church. She used this Bible and gave me her notes. As she is the target audience, I wanted to include her notes here. Consider this an expert opinion:
~The Bible is super pretty! (Almost too pretty to color in.)
~I like the color of the Bible.
~I like the size of the Bible.
~I like how the table of contents is organized.
~I like how they put pictures and places where you can take notes on the sides.
~I like that it has scriptures on the sides and they stretch out the letters.
~Love the texture of the pages.
~The pencils are kind of thick, so maybe use my own.
She closes with the following:
If you read this Bible, go to page 924 and read this…”This very night before the rooster crows you will disown me three times.” Matthew 26:34. This is my favorite Scripture. Read all the things on the sides.
If you know of a girl who might be interested in this Bible, you can find it on sale now at the Bible Gateway Faith store. Here’s the link: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls. Shipping is free!
NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journal-Mark
This small book would make a great gift for anyone who is interested in doing some Bible journaling, but maybe isn’t sure how to get started. The book of Mark is the shortest of all the Gospels. Mark doesn’t waste time in details, but gets straight to the point. The Bible itself has lots of space for journaling, and some beautiful artistic drawings of Scriptures. Here’s the information from the publisher:
The NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Mark, includes the full text of the book of Mark, along with verse art and wide margins for journaling. As fans of Beautiful Word have come to expect, the colorful, illustrated art and uplifting imagery encourage a deeper and more inspired quiet time. The single-book format and slim paperback size make it easy to carry this Bible journal anywhere.
The NIV Beautiful Word Bible Journals are set in Zondervan’s exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface for smooth reading. Expertly designed to be used for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print offers an easier reading experience that complements the most widely read modern-English Bible translation. The art inside is from the NIV Beautiful Word Bible, Updated Edition, along with new illustrated verses created specifically for this Bible journal.
Zondervan has several of these individual books from the New Testament, Pauline letters, and the Psalms. If you need a nice gift for someone, or want to encourage the reading of Scripture, these would be perfect. And, they, too, are on sale at the Bible Gateway Faith Store. 😉
Whatever version of the Bible you read, keep digging into the Word of God.
Blessings and Peace,